SUMMER SERVICE & REPAIR REMINDER #1
Audi & Volkswagen, import, and domestic car owners:
Many people remember to perform services on their car for winter weather but summer maintenance is also recommended to maintain the level of performance and safety that you want from your car.
AAA suggests five ways to keep your car cool in extreme heat:
1. Have your battery checked
Hot weather can lead to quicker battery fluid evaporation which can cause corrosion on terminals and connectors. Corrosion should be cleaned from the battery and the clamps should be tight and secure. If your battery is over three years old it should be checked by a certified technician to determine how much longer it will last. Don't be left searching for junper cables.
2. Keep your engine cool
Over time, engine coolant becomes contaminated and its protective additives are depleted. That’s why the system should be flushed and the coolant replaced periodically as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Older coolants used to require changing every two years or 24,000 miles, but most modern formulations are good for at least five years and 50,000 miles. See the owner’s manual or maintenance booklet to determine the service interval appropriate for a vehicle.
3. Prevent exccess heat where the rubber meets the road
Underinflated tires not only affect the handling and braking of a vehicle, but it can cause the tire to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout. More than half the vehicles on the road were found to have at least one under-inflated tire, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, and 85 percent of motorists do not know how to properly inflate their tires.
4. Cars need fluids during the summer too
Most fluids not only lubricate, they also serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. When fluid levels are low, this cooling effect is reduced, and the possibility of overheating increases. A quick inspection can check for proper fluid levels.
5. Cool passengers are happy passengers
Maintaining a comfortable driving environment reduces fatigue, which can play an important part in driver alertness and vehicle safety. During extreme summer heat, a properly operating air conditioning system can be more than just a pleasant convenience. If a car’s air conditioning is not maintaining the interior temperature as well as it did in the past, it may mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem. Have the air conditioning system checked by a certified technician.
Many automotive climate control systems today are equipped with a cabin filter that prevents outside debris from entering. If present, this filter should be inspected and replaced as needed to ensure maximum airflow and cooling during the summer months.
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